Dostoevsky's epilepsy: A case report and comparison

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The Russian writer Dostoevsky (1821-1881) suffered from a rare form of temporal lobe epilepsy termed "ec-static epilepsy." Dostoevsky used his epileptic experiences to create Prince Myshkin, the protagonist of The Idiot. The recent case of a patient who experienced ecstatic epilepsy as a result of a temporal lobe brain tumor is presented and compared with that of Prince Myshkin. Reading Dostoevsky can give the contemporary physician an insight into the inner life of an epileptic patient - an example of how art can directly benefit medical practice.


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